Depression is no joke

@MixedG (24)
February 6, 2017 6:59am CST
Talking to my dad on the phone. Me: I need to be on my depression meds again. Dad: Why? Me: I'm depressed. Dad: Depressed for what? Me: idk bills. ( not wanting to tell him it's everything in life, or sad for no reason) Dad: You don't not need those pills, there is nothing wrong with you. It's all in your head. Those pills are not good for people. Me: (silent on phone) Dad: I'm not fussing, just telling you that you don't need that medicine. But I love you. Me: love you too Dad: bye (hangs up) Some people do not understand depression. After all these years, all the suicides. Depression is a serious problem for a lot of ppl. I'm one of the severe cases. I can't even hold a job, it's so bad. What will it take for people to see that it is no joke. We don't choose this. It's something in our brains. Even though it's literally all in our head, it's not all in our head. It's not make believe, this is real. After all the times I didn't take my therapy or my medicine seriously , I realize myself that I have a real problem that I can't control, and not having family support makes it harder. I know most people out there agree, I'm not alone. I know I'm not.
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@Funky2017 (249)
• India
6 Feb 17
Depression is bad and can be harmful for anyone. Medicines could be required but self effort is mandate too. We can either dive in the quicksand of depression and keep drowning in. Or we can patientfully come out of it. Ask for help around. Speak with friends and family. There are support groups too. Spend more time in nature. Plant trees they are best way to do away with depression. Get yourself occupied in some hobby. Learn something new. YouTube is filled with DIY stuff. Might feel it's easy to say. But trust me I too have issues in my life. My debt is on increasing. Job hunt is bad. Family has given up on me. Super depressing state. But naah. I am not giving up. I am learning new things. Learning mylot for instance. Similarly doing many more things around the house around my life.
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@MixedG (24)
6 Feb 17
That is very true. I'm starting to realize that I can't control it but I can ease the symptoms. I usually just give in and end up sad, or mad at the world all day. It's unhealthy. I am not giving up either, I can't. I really appreciate your story. It helps knowing I'm not the only one.
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• India
6 Feb 17
@MixedG Glad to know you aren't giving up as well. But trust me the faster you are out of it, the better. Pick up some hobby. Start working on it.
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@stbrians (17088)
• Kakamega, Kenya
6 Feb 17
Hold yourself together. Life is too short
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@ANAYAtair (129)
6 Feb 17
of course...depression is no joke... it's a serious problem...only those who experiences it can realize its effects... how dangerous it can be!!!but i think... you should analyse whether the therapy is really helpful to u or not...and if it can be beneficial...i think u should continue it... try to convince ur dad ... this painful time will pass soon... u need to keep belief in urself...try doing thing that give u pleasure...surely dat would help u ...
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@MixedG (24)
6 Feb 17
Thank you for your kind words
6 Feb 17
@MixedG my pleasure
• Elkin, North Carolina
6 Feb 17
I'm really sorry to hear that you are facing depression! You are absolutely right that depression is no joke. I have suffered from it from a long time. Although mine isn't that severe, any depression is more than one can handle alone! For a long time, people did believe that depression was something that could just be "fixed" by pulling yourself up and getting on with life. And I think that has affected the way people have dealt with family and friends with depression. But I am hoping that the way things have been going that more people understand how big of a deal depression is. Sometimes the symptoms of depression may be alleviated with medication but we must not look down on others who need that medicine to get through that dark valley!
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@MixedG (24)
6 Feb 17
Thanks you! I completely agree!
@ria1606roy (2815)
• Kolkata, India
12 Feb 17
It's not that they don't support you, they actually don't understand. Maybe when you see the doctor next time, you should take your father with you if possible. The doc will explain to him how exactly depression works. It's a very serious matter as you said. It's uncontrollable if not properly treated. So do just as the doc says or take behavior therapy, they have a high chance of success. People don't always understand that the disease of the mind is just as serious as the disease of the body, because both body and mind equally contributes to our well-being. One is incomplete without the other in leading a healthy life. So don't worry, there are thousands of people coping with depression and we are all with you. Stay good, and get well soon One thing I can say, always try to recount positivity in life. That works always!
@syeow1 (5148)
• India
6 Feb 17
Depression is not a big issue.i think everyone is suffering from it.best to avoid medicines and conditions .
@tom_view (5672)
• Kolkata, India
6 Feb 17
depression is a very major issue.
6 Feb 17
No, it's not. It's a very serious problem that needs full attention.